Uh-huh honey

Prob­a­bly best known as a sweet top­ping on your bowl of por­ridge, manuka honey is set to be the next big thing in beauty. So, what’s all the buzz about?

Look (UK) - - LOOK BEAUTY - Gabrielle Dyer @Gdid­what

If you’ve suf­fered from a sore throat this win­ter you’ve prob­a­bly reached for a pot of manuka honey. Known for its long list of heal­ing prop­er­ties, it’s been used to help fight in­fec­tion, boost the im­mune sys­tem and im­prove diges­tive is­sues, but it’s the medic­i­nal ef­fects on skin that have brought it to the at­ten­tion of the beauty in­dus­try. Un­like nor­mal golden honey, manuka orig­i­nates in New Zealand and is monoflo­ral – mean­ing the bees that make it only in­ter­act with one species of flower. Packed full of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, it’s both an an­tibac­te­rial and an anti-in­flam­ma­tory, which makes it an amaz­ing nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tive for fight­ing acne, rosacea, pso­ri­a­sis and a whole host of other skin prob­lems. Tack­ling the above is­sues can of­ten leave skin dry, but manuka honey is amaz­ingly hy­drat­ing. It ab­sorbs mois­ture from the air and draws it into the skin, keep­ing it softer for longer, all the while stim­u­lat­ing cell re­pair, re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion and red­ness. You name it, manuka can do it. ‘High in an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties, manuka honey has been used for wound heal­ing, di­ges­tion and tinc­tures,’ says El­iz­a­beth Bar­balich, founder of An­tipodes. ‘It’s a pow­er­ful in­gre­di­ent for skin for­mu­la­tions, as its an­tibac­te­rial na­ture helps pro­mote youth­ful, fresh and blem­ish-free skin.’

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